Ukraine war is backdrop in US push for hypersonic weapons

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Lagging behind Russia in developing hypersonic weapons, the US Navy is rushing to field its first, with installation on a warship starting as soon as late next year. The United States is in a race with Russia and China to develop these weapons, which travel at speeds akin to ballistic missiles … Read more

Zelenskyy says siege of Mariupol involved war crimes

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said early Sunday the siege of the port city of Mariupol would go down in history for what he said were war crimes committed by Russian troops. “To do this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries … Read more

American lost in Ukraine flew into war to help sick partner

Katya Hill tried to talk her brother out of it. She urged Jimmy Hill to postpone his trip to Ukraine as she saw reports of Russian tanks lining up at the border. But he needed to help his longtime partner, who has been suffering from progressive multiple sclerosis. “He said, ‘I don’t know what I … Read more

In video call, Biden presses China’s Xi on Russia support

WASHINGTON (AP) – Key figures for a war half a world away, President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spoke for nearly two hours on Friday as the White House looked to deter Beijing from providing military or economic assistance for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. China’s Foreign Ministry was the first to issue a readout … Read more

Russian strikes hit Ukrainian capital and outskirts of Lviv

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian forces pressed their assault on Ukrainian cities Friday, with new missile strikes and shelling on the capital Kyiv and the outskirts of the western city of Lviv, as world leaders pushed for an investigation of the Kremlin’s repeated attacks on civilian targets, including schools, hospitals and residential areas. The early … Read more

Putin likens opponents to ‘gnats,’ signaling new repression

NEW YORK (AP) – Facing stiff resistance in Ukraine and crippling economic sanctions at home, Russian President Vladimir Putin is using language that recalls the rhetoric from Josef Stalin’s show trials of the 1930s. Putin’s ominous speech on Wednesday likened opponents to “gnats” who try to weaken the country at the behest of the West … Read more

Business Highlights: Russian business backlash, bond payment

___ Russian businesses in US face backlash from war in Ukraine NEW YORK (AP) – Americans angered by the war on Ukraine are taking it out on Russian businesses, brands or anything that sounds Russian. Some are pouring out vodka, boycotting Russian restaurants and even leaving threatening voicemail messages at Russian businesses. Experts say it’s … Read more